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Martinique is a mountainous and highly developed island, culturally a mix of France and French creole – French infrastructure, zouk music, creole style and food, some visible history, eg story of St Pierre volcano. It was the birthplace of Empress Josephine. A good variety of beaches, classic white coral strands in the south where more of the hotels are situated, dark volcanic sand in the north, several beaches with beach bars and restaurants. Many large, mid-range hotels, some smaller, friendlier inns and gîtes, however it is not a mass-market destination. A good variety of restaurants, French and creole. Many activities including museums, some themed plantations, botanical gardens, rainforest and hiking, mountain biking, some sailing, casinos, cruises. 

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Best for:
Caribbean scenery with a laidback French slant
What for:
Beach, Culture & Heritage, Eco & Nature
Not for:
Corporate & Incentive, Golf
How to get there:
Easily accessible from France, OK from USA (Miami or San Juan), no direct flights from UK (probably easiest via Paris).
Top tip:
Eat at La Table de Mamy NouNou, one of the best restaurants for French and Creole cuisine.

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  1. Visit the historic town and former capital, Saint-Pierre, at the foot of te volcano, Mont Pelee
  2. Take a ferry to Pointe du Bout ad Trois-Ilets and visit the birthplace of Empress Josephine
  3. Go shopping in Fort-de-France and experience its variety of shops from expensive French perfume at Roger Albert to the busy indoor market
  4. Hire a car for a scenic drive north through pineapple plantations and the dramatic rainforest
  5. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk dancing

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